I am currently working on an animation using video documentation from a performance entitled I’m Fine that was performed at Le Lieu, centre en art actuel in Québec, Canada. The documentation that I am animating was shot by Patrick Dubé. It takes me approximately three hours to animate five seconds. The documentation is 24 frames per second and is 9 minutes long, which is 420 seconds, and 11,520 drawings.
I am interested in examining why the collective understanding of what defines a contemporary audience or a performer continues to shift and blur. This entails a consideration of the multiple attempts throughout history to abolish the separation of performer and audience. To confront the residue of trauma, you must be willing to face insanity. Memories come in waves, never chronologically. I'm Fine reflects the experience of lived trauma. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different outcome. Dorothy Allison says it better than I can, “Behind the story I tell is the one I don’t. Behind the story you hear is the one I wish I could make you hear.”
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